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Accelerated BSN program starting January


Hi all,

I just had a question for anyone who has taken an accelerated BSN program. I start in January for a year long program and finished all pre reqs in may of this year. Is there anything I can study to get a head start on my program. The program I'm attending(university of Connecticut) is very scarce on telling student anything about textbooks needed. So I was thinking of re-reading my A&P book because I honestly think that was the two classes I learned the most in (other than micro). Is this a good idea, do you need to recall a lot of A&P for nursing? If so wha topics should I focus on( body system, bones,etc)? I have down time now so I thought I would get a head start because everyone I have talked to about the program had said it was very intense because of the shortened program time. Thanks in advance!

verene, MSN

Specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

Honestly, take time now to enjoy life, spend time with friends and family, and develop good self-care habits. You'll need those habits and those people once you start the program, and free time will become quite limited. You'll spend far too much of your time studying once school begins so don't stress yourself in advance.

shibaowner, MSN, RN, NP

Has 1 years experience.

You really should rest up and enjoy yourself because a year long ABSN will be grueling. I did a 15 month ABSN and found it very challenging.

However, if you are determined to study, here are my suggestions:

1. Medical terminology will be very helpful, as nursing schools don't teach this. This is a good self study book and I personally thought it was a lot of fun.

"The Language of Medicine" by Davi Ellen Chabner. You can get an older used version on Amazon for not too much money.

2. Review of A&P, sure.

3. Work on memorization unless you are already really good at this. There are a lot of good books on how to memorize and study:

"Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Memorizing Everything" by Joshua Foer

"Unlimited Memory" by Kevin Horsley

Congratulations for getting in and good luck!